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Wine Flask
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This “moon flask” is a rare form and typical of Korea; it was fashioned by manually flattening a turned bottle. Vestiges of gold good-luck decoration—cranes and clouds—can be detected over the fine craquelure. Only few ceramic artefacts with a celadon glaze and added gold decoration have been preserved.

History of the Object
We know from written sources that such exceptional pieces were exclusively used at the royal court or sent as gifts to the Chinese imperial court. The gold decoration was painted onto the already glazed ceramic artefact and fired at a temperature of around 700 to 800° C.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Stoneware with traces of crane and cloud motifs in gold painting on celadon glaze 
Measurements
Dia 12,5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897), 13th–14th century 
Function
Wine Flask 
Acquisition
1892 acquired from the Trade Museum, Vienna 1907 transferred to the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
Georg Mayer 
Owner
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art 
Museum
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art 
Credit line
MAK 

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